As an interior designer just starting my own business and working to build a portfolio, I realized recently that not having lovely, styled photos of my own home is a huge missed opportunity. This is really the only place I can do exactly what I want, interior-wise. To be honest, the main reason I don't have my own place in my portfolio is because there's really nothing special about it. When we moved in we needed to furnish our whole apartment - quickly and cheaply. So it sort of looks like an Ikea catalog.
Don't get me wrong, I really love my home (and I admit that I have a soft spot for Ikea). We're comfy here, but in terms of decor I think it's a case of the dentist's kids having no teeth or the emperor's children having no clothes, whatever. Plus, when we moved in I hadn't had any interior design education yet, so I was just throwing things together without a sort of overarching framework or concept.
In addition, I am an indecisive and fickle lady. I can NEVER choose favorites and tend toward simple and understated basics to prevent myself from getting sick of something too quickly. I'd rather leave a space spare and empty than fill it up with a bunch of stuff I know I'll be sick of soon. But in the past couple years, I've really started to tune in to what I unequivocally like, and I think now it's time that I started incorporating this style into my home.
So now I am challenging myself to WERK and make my home something worth seeing. Soon I'll share my framework and goals for the project, and as I go I'll share my progress and results. Now that I am putting this out there, I'll feel the pressure to really turn our home into something I can be proud of.
Check back soon for some new posts about this apartment challenge - my goal is to post something new about the project and its progress every two weeks.